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Brett Hays

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Seeking Ideas for Outdoor Enclosure
« on: April 05, 2007, 10:12:28 pm »

I have a couple of moving heads that I would like to use outdoors this year for a Christmas display like this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bizEnSI_TE4

I am familiar with the Tempest Tornado Enclosures such as the one below, but at $4000 per enclosure, there's no way I can fit those into my budget.  Has anyone used a cheaper solution that might work?

http://www.tempestlighting.com/images/products/Tornado_300x384.jpg
http://www.tempestlighting.com/
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Re: Seeking Ideas for Outdoor Enclosure
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2007, 01:09:53 am »

There are a couple of more expensive ones!! - Think air-conditioned for use in Las Vegas in the summer.

The acrylic bubble itself is very expensive.

The commercial ones also have provisions to let the heat dissipate properly.

If you are a DIY person:

I don't know your budget, but if you can accept a limited range of motion, you can build a useful enclosure using a curved acrylic sheet, and a heavily caulked, duratex-coated, plywood enclosure. Depending on your lamp (the heat produced) you may have to baffle and use some PC fans for cooling. The baffles are bulit up the inside to get the exhaust pulled from the toip of the enclsure and they exit on the bottom and let air exchange without letting snow or rain in. Cable entries should be on the bottom as well. Use speaker dishes punched for IEC (I used a powercon) and XLR (for DMX). A cheap PC power supply handles the fans.

None of this is code approved BTW - make sure it's on a GFI circuit outdoors. Check it everyday.

Of course your range of motion is limited. (you might get about 75 by 150). If you went really simple - flat plane - that would be reduced further.

Be very careful bending the acrylic (or let the local plastics company do it with heat for you). Drilling holes is also a danger spot when working with acrylics.

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Re: Seeking Ideas for Outdoor Enclosure
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2007, 08:05:38 am »

I am looking for pricing on the Martin King Dome..

http://www.martin.com/product/Prod_img_gen/kingdome.jpg
http://www.martin.com/product/product.asp?product=kingdome

I am very much a DIY kind of guy, but would like 360 degree range of motion and I am having a hard time conceiving a way to pull it off.  Very interested to hear about anything someone has built, however.
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